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Koe no katachi (2016)

A young man is ostracized by his classmates after he bullies a deaf girl to the point where she moves away. Years later, he sets off on a path for redemption.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miyu Irino ...
Shôya Ishida (voice)
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Shoko Nishimiya (voice)
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Yuzuru Nishimiya (voice)
Kenshô Ono ...
Tomohiro Nagatsuka (voice)
Yûki Kaneko ...
Naoka Ueno (voice)
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Miyoko Sahara (voice)
Megumi Han ...
Miki Kawai (voice)
Toshiyuki Toyonaga ...
Satoshi Mashiba (voice)
Mayu Matsuoka ...
Young Shoya Ishida (voice)
Sachiko Kojima ...
Young Kazuki Shimada (voice)
Hana Takeda ...
Young Keisuke Hirose (voice)
Fuminori Komatsu ...
Takeuchi-sensei (voice)
Ikuko Tani ...
Ito Nishimiya (voice)
Erena Kamata ...
Maria Ishida (voice)
Ayano Hamaguchi ...
Shoya's sister (voice)
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Storyline

The story revolves around Nishimiya Shoko, a grade school student who has impaired hearing. She transfers into a new school, where she is bullied by her classmates, especially Ishida Shouya. It gets to the point where she transfers to another school and as a result, Shouya is ostracized and bullied himself, with no friends to speak to and no plans for the future. Years later, he sets himself on a path to redemption. Written by Ariodito Koestoer

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The opening song is "My Generation" by The Who. Naoko Yamada's previous work, K-On! (2009) and it's film companion Eiga Keion! (2011) also paid tribute to the famous British band. See more »

Goofs

During Ishida and Ueno's conversation at the crosswalk, Nishimiya is seen holding the pouch that Ishida had given to her as a gift. However, it disappears after Ueno sprints across the street and removes Nishimiya's earpiece; it is nowhere to be seen on her person or on the ground. See more »

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My Generation
Written by Pete Townshend
Performed by The Who
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A worthy attempt at dealing with bullying and disability in the classroom
20 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

This is the first film that I've seen by Naoko Yamada and while in some ways I'm impressed in others I think it was gallant failure.

Starting with the good, like most modern Japanese anime it looks great and at times simply stunning. The voice actors do a great job and at over two hours it's great value for money. It might also be worth mentioning at the screening I went to the cinema was about half full, which is a good turn out for a sub-titled animated feature.

Unfortunately it's not a film that I particularly want to watch again and there a number of reasons for that. While I'm aware that it's based on a manga, it feels too long and I'm sorry to say depressing. Most of the characters are people that you wouldn't want to spend much time with and there is maybe only one scene that could be called funny. Also just because it's long doesn't mean that all the conflicts are going to be resolved.

Don't get me wrong if you're an anime fan you're probably going to like this, but I can't see it appealing to a wider audience.


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